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Bootstraps Ideology Entraps White Working Class in Endless Stigma of (Self) Hate.

Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires Still Waiting for Magical Invisible Hand to Lift them From Poverty. No Dignity in Charity

Author John Paul Brammer has the most brilliant breakdown yet of why poor white people made the difference in getting Donald Trump elected.

Brammer opened up the 24-tweet essay by first identifying as a Mexican-American from a small town in deep-red Oklahoma, establishing his credentials for knowing the rationale behind why working-class white voters went for Trump in droves. He then laid out, tweet-by-tweet, why American culture’s glorification of wealth is idolization of wealthy people is what made the crucial difference in poor people voting for a billionaire president.

In his series of tweets, Brammer explained that as the middle class eroded over the past few decades in the advent of globalization and the steady destabilization of unions, poor white Americans entered a state of denial. The fact that the Trump campaign offered up the scapegoat of immigrants and Syrian refugees allowed impoverished rural Americans the opportunity to externalize their failures onto marginalized groups of people.

Brammer blamed Trump’s success on the so-called “American Dream” of being able to pick oneself up by their own bootstraps and move up the class ladder through hard work and gumption. The fact that Trump directly contributed to the decline of white American rust belt communities through conscious choices like refusing to buy steel for his buildings from American companies, opting instead to buy cheaper Chinese steel, was ignored in favor of the feel-good “American Dream narrative that has permeated American culture.

As Brammer argues, Trump is the physical representation of the American Dream, especially to poor white people who refuse to accept that the system has denied them the means to lift themselves up out of poverty. Even though Trump inherited his wealth from his family and was only able to build a real estate empire with the help of nearly $ 900 million in tax breaks, rural Americans desperately need to believe that they, too, could be as successful as Trump were it not for obstacles in their way. Brammer pointed out that poor whites in his hometown had myriad excuses to explain away their poverty.

Read Brammer’s poignant Twitter essay below:

I’m a Mexican-American from a small town. Here’s why poor white people voted for Trump

Source: ONTD_Political

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